The comprehensive step-by-step O-1 3 Year Artist Visa Guide has examples of possible evidentiary items in all criteria, to assist you in building your petition letter to focus and speed your application if self-filing or working with an immigration attorney. We not only show you how to file your Original Application but guide you in how to file a Visa Extension and Change your Sponsor.
O-1 Guide benefits:
- Not necessary to have a visa previously
- You have the choice to self-file or use an attorney
- Your family can accompany you
- Valid up to 3 years
O-1 Guide includes:
- EVERYTHING you need to DIY your O-1 Artist Visa
- Full Motion Picture Professional Petitioners Letter/Cover Letter Sample
- Full Musician Petitioners Letter/Cover Letter Sample
- Several sample Recommendation Letters
- Motion Picture Itinerary Sample
- Musician Itinerary Sample
- Production Company Sponsor Contract Sample
- Agent/Manager Sponsor Contract Sample
- Analyses of the Filing Forms I-129
- Each criteria broken down for evidence
- Sample paragraphs for each criteria
- How to submit without an attorney
- USCIS Cases and Documents
- Includes Extension and Change of Sponsor
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The Strategy – Planning your application.
We lay out the facts of how the O-1 Visa works, what all is involved, and when each step takes place. We give you a strong overview of the whole process so that you are ready to begin your application with a clear view of the finish line.
- The O-1 – What is it exactly? Who is it for?
- Do I qualify? – How to assess your chances.
- To Self-File, Or Not To Self-File – Applying with or without an attorney.
- Timeline – How long is the process? What to file when.
- Precautions – Some things to avoid that you might not think of.
- What you need from your sponsor
- How to build an Itinerary
We explain each of the criteria and how they relate to the motion picture arts, as well as interpretations that USCIS examiners won’t accept. We explain how to gather strong and compelling evidence. Here we also show you how to further prove your intent to continue working in your field as well as your benefit to the United States of America.
- Good Evidence – What makes compelling proof?
- Bad Evidence – How to anger your examiner!
- How Much? – Compelling without overloading?
- Presentation – Highlighting, Numbering & Binding.
- Recommendation Letters – Who to get them from and what they need to say.
- Deal Memos and Letters of Intent – Prove you will continue to work.
- Consultation Letters – Labor Union approvals.
- The Criteria – The criteria explained and how they apply to you.
- Recommendation Letters – How to maximize their efficiency.
The Petition Letter
We guide you in writing your petition letter, either for a Motion Picture Professional or a Musician – if you use an attorney, this is what you will pay them to do for you. We deconstruct the formatting and wording of the letter to best present your case. The letter is a formula and we decode it all out for you. You might have heard of the Kazarian v. USCIS, 580 F.3d 1030, 1036 (9th Cir. 2009) Case? No? Don’t worry, we have, and we use the findings to help you build the compelling case that the examiner needs.
- Make life easy for your Immigration Officer.
- One criterion at a time – How to present your case and weave it together.
- Choosing the phraseology that will connect you with your examiner.
- Sample letter segment for each criteria referencing the evidence samples from Step 1.
- Closing Statements – How to wrap up, summarize, and seal the deal.
- We give you
- We give you TWO Sample Petition Letters, written for a Motion Picture / TV Industry professional and a Musician.
Filing the Forms
We explain the required forms.
Most applications require the Form I-129 – O-1B Visa.
We show you how to package the application correctly for submission to immigration.
Want to bring your significant other and kids? Maybe your make-up artist, agent or manager? We show you how.
We also detail the Consular Processing application.
The USCIS Decision
You are approved!! Fantastic!
- How to prepare for your Consular Interview – your visa may be approved but you can still be denied by your local Embassy.
- Request for Further Evidence? Don’t worry, approval statistics are in your favor, you just have to follow the USCIS instructions and you will convince your examiner to approve your application.
- Denial – You receive an NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny) You may be able to argue their decision.
You are approved at your interview – WOOHOO! The work is not yet done – we layout your first steps through the Port of Entry into the United States (Social Security etc.)
How to apply for an O1 Extension
Filing the Forms
Writing the Petition Letter
O1 CHANGE OF SPONSOR
How to apply for n O1 Change of Sponsor
Filing the Forms
Writing the accompanying cover letter
- Evidence Checklist – An editable spreadsheet you can use to log your evidence in each category
- Progress Checklist – An editable spreadsheet you can use to plan and monitor your progress
- Itinerary – Sample 3 year itemization of “activities” or “events”
- Sample Index of Exhibits
- Sponsor Contract
- Deal Memos
- Recommendation Letter Samples
- USCIS Cases
And even more…
Because we want you to succeed!
These added value bonuses will help you to strengthen your career paper-trail. To succeed in an all paper application you need strong published evidence and we are here to help you build that portfolio.
- Press Releases – How to write them and where to send them.
- 8 Goal Setting Techniques
- Marketing Materials – How to publicize and market your work.
- Your Career Online – Yes, they will google you!
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There are restrictions on some O-1B actors which are imposed not by the USCIS but within the arts industries. These issues can be avoided – we are letting you know so you are aware when applying.
The Department of Justice states that no persons cleared for work by the USCIS should be discriminated against due to their non-immigrant status, yet difficulties remain.
O-1 Actors (with rare exception) are barred from hire by NBCUniversal, Sony, ABC Disney, and Warner Bros, thus excluding them from a large number of castings. Solution: If they wish to hire you they can sponsor your application as you can have several O visas running concurrently. Please note: CBS and Fox Studios do accept the O-1 visa once the actor presents their petition in advance and it clearly lists them as a “Screen Actor” (an important element for all applicants to note – you will be limited to working within the category of artist you list on your petition – “Stage Actors” cannot work as “Screen Actors” – so be sure that you list all job titles under which you intend to work on your application). This also stems from USCIS and the studios having issue with the chosen sponsor. So ensure you choose your sponsor carefully – a manager/agent not a company if you need a blanket visa.
Another issue facing O-1 Actors is that they may not join Actors’ Equity Association, meaning they cannot perform in union-contracted theater productions unless ‘grandfathered’ in.
The approval time can be long – approx 4 months and can be as much as 7 months. If you have a strong O-1 case consider using the USCIS Premium Processing service.
There are cases of O-1 applicants being turned down at their US consulate and embassy interview. We believe this is because the artists are not fully aware of their application and not in a position to argue their case. We show you how.
The O-1B is an excellent temporary visa to allow you live and work in the United States and is ideal for the creative artist who wants to trial working in the USA before committing to the EB-1 permanent green card. Concentrate on working with the studios that hire O-1B visas and you will have plenty of work. Use the O-1 as a stepping stone to the EB-1, it is a solid step in the right direction and establishes you in the US ahead of your EB-1 application although IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO HAVE AN O-1B visa BEFORE APPLYING FOR THE EB-1. The O-1B can be used to have the time necessary in the US to meet with potential employers and get your work known – and if an employer that doesn’t accept blanket visas wishes to hire you, they can choose to submit an application for another O-1B for you with them listed as sponsor – the possibilities are endless!
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